Qualcomm Inc., though its Life subsidiary, has acquired Capsule Technologie, an Andover, Mass.-based provider of medical device integration and clinical data management solutions with more than 1,930 hospital clients in 38 countries.
The acquisition of Capsule extends Qualcomm Life’s connected health offerings into the hospital, aiming to create a more seamless care continuum from hospital to home and all points in between. The merger of the two companies will focus on Capsule's ability to connect medical devices, electronic medical records (EMR's) and IT systems across the hospital enterprise and Qualcomm Life's wireless capability and ecosystem of connected medical devices outside of the hospital.
Specifically, Capsule's medical device integration and clinical data management platform enables data collection, EMR and health IT system integration and monitoring in one of the largest ecosystems of connected devices inside the hospital. Capsule's networking goes beyond device integration by delivering timely clinical data to various in-hospital decision support systems, alarm and notification systems and asset management tools, which help reduce latency and transcription errors to ensure timely, informed care, officials say.
"As healthcare continues to move into the home and ambulatory settings and outside of traditional care areas such as the hospital, the convergence of medical device data from wherever the patient is located is critically important," Gene Cattarina, CEO, Capsule, said in a statement. "Together, Qualcomm Life and Capsule will power this convergence by making data more accessible and interoperable among care teams to provide true continuity of care at the hospital, in the home and at all points in between."